This is the new Mercedes C-class, sped completely undisguised ahead of its unveiling at the Detroit motor show in January 2014. Scooped in optional AMG styling pack trim, this production-ready C-class also gives some clues to the styling of the sporty flagship: the new C63 AM
More than ever before, the new Mercedes C-classlooks like a miniature S-class. The upright nose, sharp bodyside creases and rather blobby LED taillights are all dead ringers for the flagship Benz.
The new C-class’s short rear deck adds a hint of CLA-esque swoopiness to the car’s profile – although the rump looks smaller than before, the new C’s overall dimensions growth ensures boot capacity swells from the current car’s 475 litres to 485L.
Ramping up the visual aggression is a triple-intake front bumper sporting a chrome ‘blade’ motif along the lower edge. This car is wearing 18in AMG Sport multispoke alloy wheels, and a rear bumper incorporating twin trapezoidal tailpipes, a faux diffuser and A45 AMG-style rear wheelarch vents.
Expect the BMW M3-rivalling AMG version proper to boast a quad-exhaust arrangement, as well as more extrovert lower body addenda.
AMG Firepower will come from a new, downsized 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8, developing around 450bhp. Elsewhere in the range, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel powerplants will raise efficiency and performance versus today’s fleet of engines. A manual gearbox will be available, but the vast majority of sales will be swallowed by the seven-speed automatic version.
Mercedes has shown unveiled official pictures of the new car’s minimalist cabin, which takes cues from the S-class in its design and operation.
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